Author Archives: Mike Pruden

Broncs bury Gillette to claim regional title

Broncs bury Gillette to claim regional title

SHERIDAN — Sheridan High School head soccer coach Matt Johnson gave all the credit to his players Saturday afternoon. The Broncs beat Gillette for the second time this year, this one earning Sheridan the title of 4A East regional champions. The Broncs won 2-0 on a windy afternoon at Homer Scott Field, both goals coming… Continue Reading

Broncs win offensive battle with Laramie, 4-3

Broncs win offensive battle with Laramie, 4-3

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Broncs soccer team outran the Laramie Plainsmen in the Friday afternoon’s 4A East regional semifinal, and it paid off as the Broncs won 4-3. They clinched a spot in Saturday’s championship with the win. Sheridan head coach Matt Johnson recognized that the Plainsmen were a strong offensive threat, so he brought… Continue Reading

East’s last-minute goal cuts Lady Broncs’ season short

East’s last-minute goal cuts Lady Broncs’ season short

SHERIDAN — There was a cross; there was a shot; there was a deflection; there was a goal. There was heartbreak. Cheyenne East’s Sydney Miller tapped in a rebounded shot in the final minute Thursday, taking down Sheridan 2-1 and cutting the Lady Broncs’ title hopes short. “It absolutely stings,” Sheridan head coach Mallery Marshall… Continue Reading

Broncs advance past South with 4-0 victory

Broncs advance past South with 4-0 victory

SHERIDAN — A four-goal second half boosted the Sheridan Broncs soccer team to an easy first-round regional win over Cheyenne South Thursday. The win clinched the Broncs a spot in the 4A state tournament. It was only a matter of time before Sheridan found the back of the net, but it took 42 minutes to… Continue Reading

Summoning the will to shine

Summoning the will to shine

At first glance, it was a funny scene Thursday evening as a gaggle of Sheridan College men’s basketball players lined up to hug Barb Williams. These were skyscraper-sized young men wrapping lanky arms around a woman not even as tall as Sheridan’s 5-foot-9 point guard, Celio Araujo. Still, Williams was the biggest person in the… Continue Reading

A review of reviews

There was a play in Monday night’s NBA Playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs that caused quite a stir in the basketball world. It was controversial; it was potentially game changing; and it wasn’t reviewable. With 13.5 seconds left, the Thunder were inbounding the ball along the sideline with… Continue Reading

Mailbag: Should I recline my seat on a plane?

I like to people watch, especially at the airport. So I’m sitting in the terminal at LAX Saturday, and a normal-looking middle-aged man wonders into my peripherals. Mustache, polo shirt, nothing out of the ordinary. But then he starts talking. There’s nobody with him — no wife, no business associate. He’s pacing, and it’s not until… Continue Reading

Baseball is back! Wait, what?

Yes, folks, you read that headline correctly. I, the same guy who whined about the exhaustion that is baseball in this very same space last year, followed the word “baseball” with an exclamation point. Who is this guy? First of all, let me start by apologizing to all the baseball buffs in Sheridan — there… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs slip in 2-0 loss to Cheyenne Central

Lady Broncs slip in 2-0 loss to Cheyenne Central

SHERIDAN — It wasn’t the follow-up the Sheridan Lady Broncs wanted after a big win over Cheyenne East Friday evening. The aggressive play from Friday just wasn’t there for the SHS girls soccer team Saturday in a 2-0 loss at the hands of Cheyenne Central. It seemed like the Lady Broncs found the identity head… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs win state championship rematch with East

Lady Broncs win state championship rematch with East

SHERIDAN — As Robbi Ryan began sprinting toward the north goal at Homer Scott Field midway through the second half Friday evening, all Cheyenne East head girls soccer coach, Jim Gardner, could say was, “Here we go again.” Ryan dominated the offensive half of the field all night. And although she didn’t end up getting… Continue Reading

Three Sheridan hockey players make Wyoming history

Three Sheridan hockey players make Wyoming history

SHERIDAN — As gloves floated through the air and sticks and helmets glided across the ice, three Sheridan hockey players piled on top of their teammates in celebration. Bode Dunham was in Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrating something that had never been done in the state of Wyoming. He and his Team Wyoming U14 teammates were… Continue Reading

Luckie to have met you

It’s tough moving to a new city. A new state, even tougher. It becomes somewhat of a restart — new bearings to tighten, street names to remember and friends to meet. It was tough for me to leave Indiana 22 months ago, packing up a U-Haul trailer and peering at the only state I’ve ever… Continue Reading

Clift’s OT goal lifts Broncs past Laramie

Clift’s OT goal lifts Broncs past Laramie

SHERIDAN — When Tommy Clift scored in the 89th minute, he released a collective sigh of relief from the Sheridan crowd at Homer Scott Field Saturday afternoon. The Sheridan High School boys soccer team watched a 2-0 lead slip through its fingertips, so Clift’s overtime goal did what the Broncs would have liked to have… Continue Reading

Broncs blow out Bison

Broncs blow out Bison

SHERIDAN — You can’t score goals if you don’t shoot, and the Sheridan High School boys soccer team made sure they did a lot of both in a 7-0 rout of Cheyenne South Friday at Homer Scott Field. The Broncs outshot the Bison 22-2 in the first half alone, with 14 of Sheridan’s 22 shots… Continue Reading

State titles just the beginning for Hastings

SHERIDAN — Hayden Hastings is a winner. He thrives on victory on the mat. He feasts on inferior foes. It’s a good thing, too. Hastings has done a whole lot of winning during his high school career. Just look at the accomplishments: two state titles, a Ron Thon Memorial Invite championship, a third-place finish at… Continue Reading

Column: NCAA Tournament takeaways pt. II

It was a thing of beauty, that Villanova buzzer-beater Monday night. From the execution of the play — not enough credit can be given to Ryan Arcidiacono on this — to the expression on Jay Wright’s face as he Jordan-shrugged his way to shake Roy Williams’ hand. There’s nothing quite like the NCAA Tournament. Kris… Continue Reading

Lady Broncs take 2nd at Jerry Campbell Invite

Lady Broncs take 2nd at Jerry Campbell Invite

SHERIDAN — Nice weather, new records and gold medals filled the first full weekend of the outdoor track season as all five Sheridan County high schools were in action at the Jerry Campbell Invite in Buffalo. The Sheridan High School girls were the top local team of the weekend, taking second with 80 points —… Continue Reading

Sheridan College finds perfect fit in SHS soccer coach

Sheridan College finds perfect fit in SHS soccer coach

SHERIDAN — Jenni Winter had a tough decision to make, the toughest, probably, in her first year as athletic director at Sheridan College. Sheridan lost both its men’s and women’s head soccer coaches within a couple weeks of each other, and suddenly Winter was left with two vacancies in the heat of the recruiting season.… Continue Reading

SC’s Johnson claims title of Kicks on Court champion

SC’s Johnson claims title of Kicks on Court champion

SHERIDAN — All throughout the 2015-16 basketball season, the Sheridan Press showcased the variation of shoes worn by local athletes on the hardwood in the Kicks on Court series. From retro Air Jordans to the latest Nike Kobe model, the season featured an eclectic mix of sneakers. Sneakers have become a multi-billion dollar industry with… Continue Reading

Wowed by the UConn women

The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team is bad for basketball. That’s an opinion. It’s not my opinion. If you haven’t watched any of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament — and I understand, women’s basketball has this reputation of not being watched by the casual sports fan — let me bring you up to speed.… Continue Reading

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